Laura Ashley Is Catching My Eye.

When I was little, I went to summer camp with a girl named Leah.

Within a day, Leah became my best friend for the next two weeks.

Leah wore a patch over her glasses to strengthen a weak eye.
The patch was maroon and had a kitten embroidered on it...
and I loved it so much.

 When my parents arrived to pick me up at the end of camp,
I immediately began to alert them of vision problems in hopes of getting my own.

It didn't work.

Beyond igniting my passion for ocular fashion,
the only other memory I have of my bunkmate Leah is of her cute mom
as she fluffed Leah's bunk with pretty floral bedding
while I sat awkwardly on my faded Little Mermaid sleeping bag.

I remember Leah told me that she worked at a store called Laura Ashley.

And ever since that summer with Leah & her mom,
I've had it permanently fixed in my mind
that Laura Ashley must be a very cool place, indeed.

After attending the press preview for the Spring Summer '12,
I can confirm, that yes,
Laura Ashley has still got it.

Before moving to the UK,
I never realized that Laura Ashley had such a large product line.

Home, fashion, perfume, travel accessories...
you name it, they do it.

And they do it pretty cute!

The clothes definitely had a British feel,
and I was smitten for that leather jacket. 

Wouldn't that be perfect for a trip to Dublin?

Me thinks yes.

I loved this bedside vignette...
clean glass mixed with a subtle modern wall paper.

Who wouldn't feel like a lady
 snoozing in a scene like that?

Recognize that flower from my day with the Queen?
It's Laura Ashley that I got in the gift bag.

While I strolled around the (really chic!) party
I ended up falling for some super cute pieces...

black dot dress (looks fabulous on!) £67.50 | london city scape pillow £27.00
laura ashley perfumes £36 | archer lamp £49

I may have different preferences for my eyepatch fashion today
(maroon really doesn't do much for my complexion)
it's nice to see that some old classics can always catch your eye.